OSHA's Hazard Communications Standards Apply to All Industries
4/28/2014 11:05:12 AM

Do you know where your MSDS book is at your workplace? (Do you know that MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheets?) Are you aware of the hazardous chemicals in your workplace? They are everywhere, so you probably have used them even if you’re not aware of it. Liquid paper, WD 40, gasoline, and cleaning supplies are all chemicals for which MSDSs are required. In fact OSHA’s definition of a chemical includes almost every substance you have in the workplace.

Most employers, especially smaller businesses, assume they do not fall under these requirements and/or they assume they are in compliance. This is why the HAZCOM (Hazardous Communication Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200 for General industry and 29 CFR 1926 for Construction) is the second most cited OSHA violation in the United States.

It may seem like a large task to tackle the requirements of the standard, but with the resources available in today’s high tech world, including MSDS online apps and resources, it is only a matter of following the steps and putting the program in place. Additionally, during tomorrow’s HAZCOM Workshop in Baton Rouge, Peggy Sellers of PS Safety will go over how to create a HAZCOM plan for your business. Under her guidance, you will learn how to avoid OSHA fines and how to keep your employees safe.

For more information about tomorrow’s workshop, click here. You can register for all of LCIA’s workshops in the LCI/LCIA Member Portal at Or you can contact Christina Buras at 985-612-6733 or

Breakfast will be served. This class has been approved by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors as a Continuing Education (CE) Class for the Residential Contractors license. Attendees will receive two CE hours.

And for those of you who can’t make the workshop, feel free to reach out to me with any HAZCOM questions. I can be reached at 337-296-5849 or Keep moving forward and stay safe!

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